OperaWorks’ holistic programs expanded over 30 years as the demands of a singing career changed, and was the first opera training program to offer classes in yoga, Feldenkreis, Aikido, visualization, expressive conducting for singers, marketing, career planning, and social media. The programs also included acting, repertoire coaching, musical improvisation, acting improvisation, Alexander Technique, performance and audition techniques, and multiple performance opportunities. Professional headshot and recording sessions were long a part of the programs to provide singers with professional materials.
The empirical results from a two-year psychological study of the effects of OperaWorks' methods was been published in the International Journal of Music Education, Nov 2016. The study demonstrated that "the training provided at OperaWorks enhanced optimal performance and increased self-esteem, while decreasing shame, trait perfectionism and anxiety." [Read more]
Since 1998 more than 30 original Pastiche Operas, Arias In Motion, and other New Works make up the body of work. Alumni and faculty have been featured in national improvised recitals and concerts, and an annual multi-ethnic “Sing-In the Holidays” concerts designed to promote tolerance and peace.
OperaWorks’ Arts for Social Awareness Project (ASAP), was created in 2014 to bring awareness to current social issues through live theater. 2015 saw the debut of The Discord Altar, a musically improvised opera/theatre production about homelessness with text by award-winning playwright Meghan Brown. This production received two NAACP nominations for Best Director (Amanda McRaven) and Best Music Director (Ann Baltz).
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